By Kay Timme
WOODVILLE – The Allan Shivers Library and Museum (ASLM), gifted to the citizens of Tyler County in 1966 by Governor Allan Shivers and his wife Marialice, has served the county and beyond for more than 55 years. The ASLM, located three blocks north of the Courthouse in Woodville, is funded by Tyler County, the City of Woodville, and Woodville Independent School District, and is governed by a board of directors, with two representatives from each funding entity.
The library serves as a resource for all citizens of the county, while the Museum honors the life and political service of Shivers.
The late Rosemary Mosey-Bunch served the library and museum as its director for more 25 years.
During her tenure as Director, many improvements were made in the library. The open courtyard between the Library building and the Shivers Museum was converted to the Marialice Shivers Children’s Room.
The John J. Bunch Reading and Meeting Room was completed in 2014, and the Texas Room was completed in 2020. A plaque will be installed in the library honoring Bunch’s dedicated service to the citizens of Tyler County.
After careful consideration by the Governing Board, and as operations of the Library and Museum move into 2022, a new leadership team has been created. Kay Timme serves as Director, Carolyn Williams as Head Librarian/Assistant Director, and Roschelle Springfield as Museum Manager.
Each of the team holds a master’s degree and brings a wealth of knowledge, training and experience that will contribute to continued growth and development of the library and museum.
For those who have not been to the ASLM recently, they might not be aware that the library is much more than just a collection of books.
Patrons can check out DVDs, use the computers, print documents, send faxes, make copies, and check out wifi hotspots. Library staff will assist patrons as needed with finding great material or technology training. The Library also hosts a variety of events, including story time and “Community Conversations and Coffee”.
The Bunch Reading and Meeting Room houses an extensive collection of large print books in a welcoming environment, and hosts the Senior Reading Club at noon every Tuesday, the Pins and Needles Quilting Bee on the first and third Mondays each month and Dungeons and Dragons every other Friday.
Future plans for the ASLM include the installation of a coffee bar for patrons and upgrades to the Museum. In addition, the Friends of the Library and Museum will be reactivated during 2022.